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NEW COLLEGES FORMED A plan to reorganize the College of Integrated Science and Technology into two colleges took effect July 1, 2012. The new colleges are the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.


Andrew Bennett Wins ACHE Essay Competition

PHOTO: Andrew BennettSenior Health Services Administration (HSA) student Andrew Bennett placed first in the undergraduate division of the Richard J. Stull Management Essay Competition sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  ACHE is a national professional association for healthcare leaders, and annually conducts this essay competition which is open to all undergraduate health services administration programs in the country.

"Writing the paper was an amazing opportunity and learning experience. I chose the topic of accountable care because it is an issue that plays an important role in health care reform and I thought hospital administrators would benefit from further guidance and insight.” said Bennett. 

He presented his paper, “Accountable Care Organizations: Principles and Implications for Hospital Administrators” at the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership on March 21, 2012, and received his award, which included a $3,000 cash award and an all-expense paid trip to the meeting.  In addition, the HSA program received $1,000. The paper will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management.

“Andrew’s well  developed paper focuses on a timely and important topic that many hospital administrators are addressing right now, “ said Jon Thompson, Ph.D., Professor and Program Director of the Health Services Administration Program. “His paper provides important guidance to administrators on the issue of forming accountable care organizations.”

Andrew’s first place undergraduate award in the 2012 competition is the 10th time since 1994 that a JMU HSA student has placed first in this annual competition. View previous award winners.